“You sentient beings who seek deliverance, why do you not let go? When sad, let go of the cause of sadness… When covetous or lustful, let go of the object of desire. From moment to moment be free of self. Where no self is, there can be no sorrow, no desire… The winds of circumstance blow across emptiness. Whom can they harm?”

If you cannot find a good companion to walk with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be alone than to be with those who will hinder your progress.
—  Buddha
The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.
—  Pema Chodron